Boosting graduate employability

Because we believe in matching talent with opportunities to succeed

Our progress so far:

Oxford Brookes is known for its employable graduates and 91.9% of Brookes graduates are in work or further study six months after graduation (HESA Destination of Leavers, 2016).  We pride ourselves on our work-ready graduates and we work hard to ensure that our students have a deep understanding of their skills and talents to enable them to make career choices that are right for them.  Our work placement, internship and mentoring programmes are a vital part of this work.

We have launched an e-mentoring programme - Brookes Connections - to connect all students who want a career mentor with alumni who have relevant experience.

Our Bacchus mentoring programme provides structured support for all postgraduate and final-year undergraduate hospitality management students by linking them with senior and experienced figures from the international hospitality and tourism industry.  Other areas with well established mentoring schemes include real estate, sport and accounting.  With a dedicated mentor, our students have the opportunity to explore their future careers, build valuable networks and enhance their employment prospects.

Our ambitions:

We want to continue to build on our reputation for employability and provide our students with the best possible chance of building successful careers. Our Brookes Connections scheme aims to ensure as many of our students - in all disciplines - benefit from expert insights into their future careers before they graduate.

We are looking to extend and increase our partnerships with business and industry, enabling us to offer more work placement and internship opportunities than ever before. 

How you can help:

  • Provide a consultancy project, work placement or internship

  • Employ a Brookes graduate

  • Become a mentor and support a student as they choose their career

Case study

I have been mentoring for the last five years and I’ve been fortunate to have had a great deal of success with my mentees. I believe in the whole ethos of mentoring; it’s a philosophy and a frame of mind - you are giving time to other people and helping them to develop and grow.

Mentoring is a genuine contribution and it can be extraordinarily gratifying because of that sense that you are making a difference to someone’s professional life.

Kiaran MacDonald, Managing Director of The Savoy